Grant Writer (Temporary)

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
September 24, 2021
9850 Distribution Ave, San Diego, CA
Job Type
Based on Experience
Type of Pay
Contact Name
Kristin Alles
Contact Email


The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is currently hiring a temporary Grant Writer. This assignment is projected to last November through March.  Under the general direction of the VP of Development & Communications, the  Grant Writer is is responsible for researching, writing, submitting, and tracking grant proposals for all programs and operating needs of the Food Bank. The incumbent will prepare written materials for fundraising and stewardship with foundations and corporations; this person will cultivate and steward relationships with prospective, current and past funders to ensure strong partnerships are developed and maintained. The Grant Writer will work closely with the members of the Development and Communications teams, as well as Program staff to execute the development strategy.


Established in 1977, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County, providing nutritious food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. For more information about the organization, please visit

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this position.

  • Manage grant writing, research and reporting to foundation, government and corporate funders. Assemble and submit grant requests including letters, proposals, budgets and presentations.
  • Conduct research on potential foundations, government and corporations for support of specific agency programs, general operating funds, or capital needs.
  • Write foundation, government and corporation grant requests and reports and compile all materials relevant to grant proposals and requests. Write letters of inquiry, proposals, applications, reports, acknowledgement letters and other correspondence to foundation and corporate donors and prospects.
  • Work with Executive staff, Program Director and program staff to identify the organizations funding needs, and to complete grant requests and reports. Work with finance and programs to gather information necessary to assure timely submission of reports for grants received.
  • Maintains annual grants calendar (including proposal due date, report date, etc.), and funder and prospect electronic and hard copy files. Maintain calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports.
  • Additional responsibilities include supporting department-wide activities as needed, attending staff meetings and organization events, submitting reports in a timely manner, and other related duties as assigned by the VP of Development & Communications.
  • Maintain data on all grant funders in Donor Perfect Online (DPO), including contact notes.
  • Work with contracted Grant Writer to ensure all projects are covered and deadlines are met.
  • Work with Finance team to ensure appropriate recognition of grant revenue and reporting.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of

  • Excellent and correct English writing, proofreading, and verbal communication.
  • High level of computer literacy, including Microsoft Office programs and internet research and navigation.
  • Fund development including research and cultivation of community groups, corporations, and foundations.
  • Fund development theory and practice.
  • Research methods and analysis techniques.

Ability to

  • Organize and prioritize work on multiple projects with degrees of urgency, meet deadlines, adjust quickly to priorities, and exercise good judgment.
  • Adapt writing style to various audiences and formats.
  • Research and synthesize a wide range of information for creating funding appeals.
  • Organize research and maintain complex and extensive office files.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community partners.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Prepare clear, accurate and concise records and reports.
  • Use tact, discretion and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive situations and concerned individuals.
  • Establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with staff and others encountered in the course of the work.


A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outline above is graduation from college and 3-5 years of grant writing experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


  • A valid California Driver’s License


  • A typical schedule will consist of Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; flexibility as needed


This is a full-time, non-exempt position. The compensation for this position is based on experience.

HOW TO APPLYInterested and qualified candidates should apply on our career website located at ( Submissions with a missing resume and cover letter will not be considered for the position.

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